Keynote Speakers

OzCHI is very pleased to announce our four Keynote speakers:
John Seely Brown, Elizabeth Churchill, Jacob Buur and Toni Robertson


Photo of John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge.  Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center(PARC), a position he held for nearly two decades.  While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/mems technologies.  He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). John, or as he is often called, JSB, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS and a Trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous public boards (Amazon, Corning, and Varian Medical Systems) and private boards of directors. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals. 
In 2004 he was inducted in the Industry Hall of Fame.  His current book, The Power of Pull, co-authored with John Hagel was released April 13, 2010. With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000) that has been translated into 9 languages with a second edition in April 2002, and with John Hagel he co-authored the book The Only Sustainable Edge which is about new forms of collaborative innovation. In addition, his book, The New Culture of Learning co-authored with Professor Doug Thomas at USC, will be released late 2010. JSB received a BA from Brown University in 1962 in mathematics and physics and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences.  He has received five honorary degrees including: May 2000, Brown University, Doctor of Science Degree; July 2001, the London Business School, Honorary Doctor of Science in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, and May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree.


Dr Elizabeth Churchill is a Principal Research Scientist and manager of the Internet Experiences group at Yahoo! Research. Originally a psychologist by training, throughout her career Elizabeth has focused on understanding the ways in which people interact - whether their interactions are primarily face to face or are technologically mediated. She previously worked at PARC, the Palo Alto Research Center, and before that at FXPAL, Fuji Xerox's research lab based in Silicon Valley where she led the Social Computing Group. She has worked on the design of cell phone interfaces, textual and 3d graphical environments, interactive digital posterboards, collaborative work applications and embodied interface agents.
She has co-edited 5 books and has published within the areas of theoretical and applied psychology, cognitive science, human computer interaction
and computer supported cooperative work. Elizabeth has a BSc in Experimental Psychology, an MSc in Knowledge Based Systems, both from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Cambridge. She is the current Vice President of the Association of Computing Machinery's (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SigCHI).


Jacob Buur is professor of User-Centred Design at the Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, and research director of the strategic research centre SPIRE. With 25 employees, SPIRE aims to establish the theoretical foundation for 'Participatory Innovation' - a new approach to user-driven innovation that expands the notion of user and includes business modeling in the user collaboration. SPIRE is cross-disciplinary, uniting researchers from design-antropology, interaction design, interaction analysis, business, innovation management and SPIRE collaborates with the theatre company Dacapo and Danish and international
Prior to Jacob's appointment at the university he was manager of the user-centred design group at Danfoss A/S for 10 years. Here he designed user interfaces for a range of professional products, including joysticks for excavators, electronic controllers for heating and refrigeration, valves and frequency converters. Jacob develops methods for studying and involving users in design, and in particular he has pioneered video techniques for bridging user studies and innovation. Jacob graduated with a MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD on mechatronics design.


Associate Professor Toni Robertson directs the Interaction Design and Human Practice Lab (IDHuP) at the University of Technology Sydney and co-directs the UTS Human Centred Technology Design Research Strength. Her research is directed to understanding the interactions between people, their activities and technology and the issues surrounding the use of technology in actual work and social settings. She specialises in the application of qualitative and participatory research and design methods and the use of phenomenological perspectives to understand actual human experience of technology use.
She is recognised particularly for her seminal work identifying and applying the relevance of phenomenology to the analysis of human activity in relation to technology design practices. Her approach provides a principled and generative grounding for designing and evaluating technologies that privilege the experience of those who use the technology and advance human agency in all aspects of technology design and use. She is also among those researchers and practitioners who have always conceptualised HCI as a design discipline.
Toni is Conference Chair for the 11th Participatory Design Conference, PDC 2010, which to be held in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time this year in Sydney from November 29th-Dec 3rd.